Groups Applaud Senate Republicans’ Comments on Paid Family Leave

For Immediate Release: October 1, 2015
Contact: Emma Woods, emma@berlinrosen.com, 646-200-5303

New York Paid Family Leave Insurance Campaign Encouraged by Momentum for Employee-Funded Program

Albany, NY – In response to comments on paid family leave made by Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan and State Senator Jack Martins, the New York Paid Family Leave Insurance Campaign released the following statement:

“We applaud Senate Majority Leader Flanagan and Senator Martins for continuing to explore the possibility of an employee-funded paid family leave program here in New York — a program that would improve the health and economic stability of our state’s working families. The Assembly passed strong legislation this year that would provide 12 weeks of paid leave, funded by modest employee payroll deductions, and modernize our state’s Temporary Disability Insurance program for the first time since 1989, through a small shared cost to employees and employers. We are encouraged by the ongoing discussions around this crucially important legislation, and look forward to its passage in the upcoming session.”

The Paid Family Leave Insurance Act (A.3870 Nolan/S.3004 Addabbo), which passed the Assembly in March, would provide up to 12 weeks of paid leave to bond with a new child, care for a seriously ill family member, and deal with issues that arise when a family member is called to active military service.

The paid family leave insurance benefit is employee-paid, through small payroll deductions that start at just 45 cents and rise to roughly 88 cents a week over four years. The law does not create a new administrative requirement, but rather expands New York’s existing Temporary Disability Insurance program (TDI) through a small increase in premiums that would continue to be shared by employers and employees, as they are now. The legislation would also raise the TDI benefit for the first time in 26 years.

The New York Paid Family Leave Insurance Campaign consists of a diverse group of women’s organizations, children’s advocates, labor and public health leaders, advocates for seniors and those with chronic disease, and community and faith-based organizations. The New York Paid Family Leave Insurance Campaign’s Steering Committee consists of 1199 SEIU, 32BJ SEIU, A Better Balance, Citizen Action of New York, Community Service Society, New York Civil Liberties Union, New York Paid Leave Coalition, the NYS AFL-CIO and the Working Families Organization.

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